By Hannah Anderson
All four Maryland schools that were nominated for the new Green Ribbon Schools award have won. Dunloggin Middle School (Howard County Public Schools), Folger McKinsey Elementary School (Anne Arundel County Public Schools), Francis Scott Key Middle School (Montgomery County Public Schools) and the Lucy School (private, Frederick County) were honored with the new award, which recognizes schools that have excelled in environmental education and sustainable teaching practices.
Nationwide winners were announced in Washington, D.C., on April 23, and included 78 schools from 29 states and Washington, D.C. Maryland tied California, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington as the state with the most Green Ribbon awardees.
Each state’s education department nominates schools from their state, and the U.S. Department of Education chooses the winners.
“These awards shine a bright spotlight on Maryland schools, which have long been committed to environmental education and to practices that will strengthen our world for generations to come,” said Interim State Superintendent Bernard J. Sadusky, according to a press release from the Maryland State Department of Education. “We congratulate our winning schools. They represent the first of many Maryland schools we expect to receive this honor in the coming years.
A national award ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., in June to recognize the winners of the award, and Maryland winners will be recognized during the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit on June 1, which is sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.
Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website for more information on the Green Ribbon Schools initiative and to find out how to get your school involved.